Tottenham dealt potential blow in pursuit of Ligue 1 hitman

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Tottenham Hotspur have enjoyed a decent summer in the transfer market.

With Spurs missing out on a place in the Champions League this term it seemed like a huge challenge for the club to suitably strengthen with the new season in mind.

Funds were always going to be limited with the club competing in the Europa League, while the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic will also have restricted the budget that was available.

That said, Spurs have still done well.

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Joe Hart and Matt Doherty all joined the club from Southampton, Burnley and Wolves respectively, before a spectacular double deal changed the game for the north London side.

Of course we're talking about the signings of Sergio Reguilon and Gareth Bale from Real Madrid who have the potential to really move the club forward this term.

The target for Jose Mourinho's team has to be finishing in the top four, but if they're to do so then one addition must be made to the team.

Harry Kane is Tottenham's talisman and is a guaranteed starter for Spurs, but he needs competition for places.

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Mourinho's side have been linked with a move for several different frontmen as they look to provide support for Kane, including Habib Diallo.

A 25-year-old from Metz, Diallo scored 12 goals from 27 appearances for the Ligue 1 side last term.

According to The Sun (print edition page 61), Tottenham look to be facing competition for the striker from West Brom.

It's claimed that the Baggies are in talks over a potential loan deal for the attacker which would keep him at the club for the duration of the season.

Should Slaven Bilic's side avoid relegation, the deal could include a £20million option to make the deal permanent next summer.

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GIVEMESPORT'S Phil Spencer says...

This would be a real blow for Tottenham Hotspur.

It's no secret that Spurs need a new striker and Habib Diallo was certainly one who seemed to fit the bill.

Valued at £10.8million by Transfermarkt, the Metz striker is someone who is highly regarded in Europe and that's why so many clubs are interested.

If Jose Mourinho's side were to miss out on him it would be bitterly disappointing.

A move to West Brom may offer more regular first team opportunities, but surely the opportunity to link up with 'the special one' would be enough to lure him to north London.

It'll be interesting to see how this one transpires, but if Spurs miss out they'll need to make sure they have another option in the pipeline.

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